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Rich Robbins, Son!, Broadway Muse, MarZo, knowsthetime

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A few recent standouts connected to Madison's hip-hop community reconvene. Info/tix

Rich Robbins. Photo by Scotify Studios.

Rich Robbins. Photo by Scotify Studios.

This show brings together a few different artists who've made valuable contributions to hip-hop in Madison, largely through UW-Madison's First Wave program but with resonance beyond campus. Two of them, rappers Rich Robbins and Broadway Muse, have returned to Chicago since graduating from UW and continued building on what were already conceptually bold and deftly executed bodies of work. Robbins' last performance in Madison was in December, and since then he has released a new mixtape, DEMone. The 23-track release deliberately departs from the conceptual tightness of his three previous full-length albums, showcasing music that in some cases is still in the works, but it all hangs together in a loose, open-ended way, much like the sketchbook-style art that accompanies the mixtape. Broadway Muse is one of the most technically gifted rappers to have spent time in Madison's music community of late, ripping through sly and complex rhymes, and also experimenting with woozy R&B. Son! is the solo project of Daniel Kaplan, who over the years has branched out from rapping to writing tender, disarming pop and R&B songs. Knowsthetime, the multi-faceted moniker of producer and DJ Ian Carroll, will spin a DJ set here. —Scott Gordon

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